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Too bad we don't have an income tax for the ultra-rich.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 27, 2008 11:48 AM

Funny. In Oregon, where local governments are also in financial trouble, elected officials there are bemoaning, as they call it, "the lack of a stable funding source like the sales tax." Me thinks the grass is always greener on the other side.

Posted by Lionel Hutz | October 27, 2008 12:08 PM

Fuckin A I may have to Rapid Fire Ride on back to Seattle Last year I was interviewed by the Mercer County Newspaper They sent a reporter to Ratapalooza And I was quoted as saying It's weird that there isn't a better turnout Rats and mice have a lot to teach

And get a T-Shirt if you go the design last year was RAD oops RAT

Wassup Fnarf er Thorntorn

Posted by gry mklsk | October 27, 2008 12:12 PM

Oh, and another thing. How is Surface-Transit as a replacement for the Viaduct supposed to work with less transit than we have today? I thought the sales pitch was MORE transit to get people out of their cars, not LESS transit because we can't afford it.

Posted by Lionel Hutz | October 27, 2008 12:15 PM

Lionel, the 'surface/transit' option (it's not 'surface transit', it's surface and transit) would include state funding for transit.

Posted by Ben Schiendelman | October 27, 2008 1:03 PM

@5 - Right. So even if the state agrees to pay for transit over and above the level that qualifies as "construction mitigation" - which is the only transit service that state gas tax revenues are allowed to pay for without a constitutional amendment - if Metro can't afford to operate it's base level of service, how effective do you think a smattering of state funds toward transit will be? And of course the state's financial picture isn't any rosier than the county's. The last I checked, gas tax revenues were well below what the state had anticipated.

Hey, I'd like surface and transit to work, too - but I'm pretty realistic about what it takes in new investments to make it work. Are you?

Posted by Lionel Hutz | October 27, 2008 1:20 PM

@5, @6:

It won't work, because there wouldn't be enough "surface" to accommodate all the "transit."

Replacing the Viaduct with a new elevated highway will replace the surface we have now, and *will* work.

Posted by ivan | October 27, 2008 3:24 PM

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